Am I Obsessed With Nudity? Part 2

Nudity: The state or fact of being naked.

Lately I’ve been thinking Am I obsessed with nudity?

This is isn’t the first time I’ve thought that.

I understand why I’m asking that question: The beauty of the naked female body is something I can’t seem to get enough of.

But: I’m not looking at artistic portrayals of female nudity in order to masturbate or fantasize.

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The reason I look at artistic portrayals of the female body is because the female body is beautiful.

God saw all he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

Lusting is a sin, and sin leads to death. (James 1:15) There is the risk that I lust: The risk that I let any sexual thoughts that come into my head while I look at nude art sweep my mind away into what could become a Willy Wonka-esque nightmare.

But that hasn’t happened yet.

I don’t know how else to say it, so I’m just going to say it: To go into more detail on what I said earlier: The reason I choose to look at artistic depictions of the female body is because I have a “hunger” for beauty. Maybe it’s because I’m feeling lonely, but… there’s something divine about the human body. Something that speaks to the deepest desires of my heart. I’m not talking about sexual desires. I’m talking about something deeper.

Maybe if I got to know, and re-connect with, more people, so that I could appreciate people for more than their physical qualities — so I could learn to appreciate real, flesh-and-blood human beings instead of artistic depictions of fictional human beings — than I wouldn’t have to ask myself the question Am I obsessed with nudity? because artistic portrayals of the human body would be the last thing I would be thinking about while out hanging with friends.

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The reason I think about nudity, and talk about nudity so much on this blog, is because I believe that so many problems humanity faces come from our bodies or our sexuality.

I believe the Devil’s first attack on humanity was to make us (human beings) ashamed of our body.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:7)

Eve in the Garden of Eden by Anna Lea Merritt

I believe another of the Devil’s attacks on humanity is to get us to value people only for the sexual satisfaction their bodies can provide.

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And I believe another of the Devil’s attacks on humanity is to body shame us — to get us to think “My body isn’t good enough as it is.”

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I write about nudity because I’m trying to remind myself, and others, that the human body is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

I write about nudity because, as a guy, I want to appreciate the female body. Why? Because, to quote Sharon Hodde Miller, “women’s bodies glorify God. Dare I say that a woman’s breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord!”

I write about nudity because I want to see women as more than their pleasure-inducing body parts. I want to see women as human beings.

I believe that what I’m doing — writing about nudity — is too important to stop doing.

But, I also know that it is taking its toll on me.

No piece of nude art, no matter how beautiful it is, satisfies the deepest desire of my heart.

The desire for the source of the beauty that comes from a woman’s body.

The desire for God.

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that we were made for another world. ~ C.S. Lewis

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3 thoughts on “Am I Obsessed With Nudity? Part 2

  1. Again, as I am not religious I am not going to comment specifically on that area, but you raise some interesting points, especially on the point about having been made to be ashamed of our bodies.Because of this the naked body becomes a taboo, and taboos easily become temptations. You’ll find many true nudists have managed to do away with that shame and the taboo, and so they are able to exist completely naked in the company of other naked people and do so without it being a subject that consumes with a “hunger” They exist comfortably with themselves and each other, without the shame. So I believe letting go of the shame is the first step in not being obsessed with nudity. Our bodies are beautiful vessels for our spirit, and not to be ashamed of.

    1. Lately, there is one aspect of nudism that gives me pause:

      More than once, I’ve been told that continued exposure to nudity makes it so that a person no longer sees the naked body as a means of experiencing sexual pleasure. i.e., There comes a point where a woman’s butt stops being arousing.

      It’s curious that a lifestyle that emphasizes all that is natural is built on an unnatural notion.

      What do I mean by an “unnatural notion”?

      I mean this:

      What I am essentially being told by nudists is: In order to live as we are naturally meant to live — naked — we must subdue our natural response to the sight of the opposite sex’s nudity: sexual arousal.

      1. I guess that does contain some conflict, but the way I would suggest looking at it is that it is about self control, knowing the time and place for sexual arousal. I’m a nudist and I still find a woman’s body very arousing, but I don’t go around gawking with an erection on the nude beach. That’s because my mind understands, through practice and experience, the difference between the moments. Initially I would get very aroused in a nude setting, women around or not, but that’s because we have been made to hide our bodies away and be ashamed of them. You start to look past the body and to the person, and you think of them, and treat them, as a person. It’s only when physical contact and actual sexual scenarios happen where your mind shifts to enjoying their physical form in a sexual manner. That certainly hasn’t caused me to lose any arousal for the female form, it is just a matter of time and place. Looking into the lives of tribes people in Papua New Guinea provides a great example of this occurring naturally, as for the most part, until very recently, they lived almost totally naked lives.

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